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Bits: £200 off a holiday for 10000 Avios, 3000 miles for joining Virgin Flying Club

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News in brief:

Save £200 on a package holiday by redeeming 10,000 Avios

You have always been able to redeem Avios points via for package holiday discounts.  The rate was only 0.5p per Avios point, however, which was never a great deal.

Until 21st September, you can receive a whopping 2p per Avios point.  This is a very generous deal – assuming you meet the terms and conditions – and is far better value than using your Avios for a flight!

You need to redeem this offer via which means using ‘Combine My Avios‘ to move your points from British Airways Executive Club if necessary.  Full details are on their website here.

In summary:

You must book by 21st September

There is a minimum spend of £750 per person

You can travel at any point until the end of 2016

Avios can book most of the major tour brands, from Butlins to Kuoni.


3,000 free miles for joining Virgin Flying Club

Whilst I cover Virgin Flying Club on Head for Points, you may not be a member because you never thought it was relevant to you.

This offer may change your mind.  Via the Virgin Red iOS app which I discussed a few weeks ago, you will receive 3,000 miles for joining Flying Club.

You don’t need to do anything.  The miles will be automatically dropped in your account within 7 days.

3,000 miles won’t get you far, especially with the final Little Red domestic flights taking place in a couple of weeks.  However, once you have your account open, you are better placed to pick some miles via the generous credit card sign-up bonus, opening an ISA, buying wine, Heathrow Rewards, Tesco Clubcard conversions or American Express Membership Rewards.

The offer is only available to 2,000 people so I would do it sooner rather than later.

However …. do NOT sign up if you have a Premium Economy or Upper Class Virgin Atlantic flight in the pipeline.  You are better off joining via the standard refer-a-friend scheme, as this gets you 5,000 miles if your first return flight is Premium Economy or 10,000 miles if your first return flight is Upper Class.  Email me at rob at if you are not a Flying Club member but have a cash ticket booked and want to be referred.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (56)

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  • Axel Heyst says:

    i tried and failed on iphone, then my 9 year old daughter signed up through her ipad forme. We just checked the new vfc account and already 3000 credited! She had to sign up for the app then also sign up again to vfc on the ipad after completing a game/questionnaire.

    She said the app. wants to profile you first e.g do you want to be an astronout or diver before the link appears.

    1300 packages left

    • Jon says:

      Finally go it to work after I reset the filters. All good to go. Points have already been credited.

  • Pat Butcher says:

    Does anyone know if there is a package holiday place that lets you pay off the balance online with 3vs?

    • cheekychappie says:

      Yep, EDF, OVO, EON for starters

    • Rob says:

      BA Holidays, I believe! Don’t take that as gospel unless someone else confirms they did it though.

      • cheekychappie says:

        Sure, but why would you take anything but your first choice holiday provider when there’s no need (if you simply need to spend 3Vs)?

        • Rob says:

          Remember that booking a rubbish hotel and a flight with BA Holidays is often cheaper than just booking a flight, which is why people do it (and dump the hotel). Getting to only pay a 10% deposit and clearing the rest on 3V is just icing on the cake!

    • Kipto says:

      Travel republic

      • cheekychappie says:

        Kipto – you are well-known here, good info from you, thanks – would you recommend Travel Republic?

        Not too familiar with them.

        • Kipto says:

          Yes I would. Very competitive price wise and they take 3v. Paid off quite a few hotels using 3v. You can pay the minimum deposit and pay the balance off using 3v as and when you can find them. If you have something booked from January onwards on travel Republic wait until December when the extra clubcard points in the tesco Christmas magazine should appear and there will be a reason for buying the 3v cards as you will be getting 700 clubcard points per £100 spent plus any points from the paying card at the till. The magazines tend to be out the third week in November. Btw thanks for the “you are well known ” it’s made my night !

  • Froggitt says:

    I referred our hairdresser to Flying Club as she was flying to Australia. And her husband. Little did I know they were flying Upper Class…..until the points rolled in!!!

    • Kipto says:

      Downloaded app and joined flying club. No 3000 points. ?? Who can I complain to ?

  • wetboy1uk says:

    Does anyone know of any package holiday companies where you can still book fly drives to florida which would be bookable through avios? Having difficulty finding any still doing fly drives. Thanks

  • RICO says:

    I take it you have ruled out for some reason.

    Go to and click on spend and click on flight plus car.

  • Newbie says:

    Signed up, 3000 miles credited. 948 still available.

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